I am so very happy to advise that I gave birth to my daughter, Leila Gina, 2.82kg, on 31 May. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to your entire team, to Denyse Asher and Dr Joel Bernstein in Sydney and to the city of Cape Town.
The journey that my wife and I began commenced some five and half years ago. During the first three years of this journey it involved nine scenarios of failed IVF attempts through two well known and respected clinics.
In March 2002, at 28 years old, I was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of acute myeloid leukaemia. I underwent chemotherapy, but was told my only chance of long term survival was to have a stem cell transplant.
“You could try calling DOCS” – was the last recommendation that we received from a senior fertility specialist of a leading IVF clinic, when we were faced with our last failed IVF cycle.
NSW married couple
If you'd asked me when I first started trying to have a baby, whether I would consider using an egg donor, back then I probably would have said "no, I don't think I could do that".
Since I was a young girl I dreamt of having a family and being a mother. Then life took over and before I knew it I was reaching my 40th birthday without a family or even a steady relationship to make the family possible.
MH & DA
In January 2006 I underwent a bone marrow transplant to cure acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The worst side effect of this treatment for me was that at 22 it would leave me infertile.
We finally have our family complete and it's all thanks to Dr Bernstein, Denyse and their staff at Donor Eggs Australia. After many many years of trying to create a family, we were finally put it touch with Denyse.
P and R
With a lump in my throat I write this today to thank Denyse and Dr Bernstein for their help with changing our lives. Emily is now 2 and has brought such joy and love to our lives and to all ...
D and M
To Denyse and all the team at Dr Bernstein's:
We would like to thank you so much for our miracle baby Joshua. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about the lady who donated her eggs and how wonderful she must be.
D & T
The whole experience, from when we first met Denyse and then Dr Bernstein, to the birth of our twin girls, for us, was a miracle.
F and Y
Before we came to Dr Bernstein and met Denyse, we had undertaken approximately 12 IVF cycles at two well known clinics in Sydney and the Metropolitan area. Out of these cycles, one was successful. The other 11 were not, but...
KB and DF
My husband and I have been so priviledged to be able to become parents using donor eggs. The thought of joining a donor egg programme was so daunting, but once we had been in touch with Denyse at Dr Joel Bernstein, they quickly put...
M & L.
Sometimes it isn't easy to put into words feelings and emotions. Our son , Nicholas, is a perfect example of this. For us, the chance to have another child ( our eldest son is our biological child ) seemed an impossibility - then we met...
We have come to realise that there is no greater gift than life and the greatest joy we have found is holding our precious child, no matter by what means they have come into our life.
S & G
The causes of infertility are many and varied. It does not really matter what the cause is, the reality is the intense longing for a baby which can dominate your life.
Sarah and David